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Dark Depths - Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 292
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 25
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams) visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Combination between a Baltic Porter and an IPA.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-09-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Acuity, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of therica
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice Baltic Porter but falls slightly short of the extreme-Baltic that I hoped for.

A= dark amber, off-white head fading to rimming.

S= a nice smoky bouquet of malts, caramel and hops florals.

T= slightly over-sweet caramelized malts, some nice hops but falls short of IPA level. More carbonation than I would prefer in a Porter.

M= slightly sweet residual, not much complexity as hoped.

O= falls short of its description on the bottle; a very nice balanced mix, it just needs to be cranked up a a little on all levels!

therica, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with brownish edges and a soapy ivory head that settles to a thick cap, leaving lots of sticky lacing. Nice aromas of bitter roasted malt, smoke, and dark chocolate with some pungent, resinous hops. Taste follows the nose, flavors of dark, smokey malt balanced nicely by bitter grapefruit and pine resin hops. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, with a medium-full body and good carbonation. Solid "Black IPA"/Baltic Porter mash-up, really enjoying the subtle smokiness.

jsanford, Jul 11, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

buckyp, Jul 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

shwami, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Alextricity
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a cold Samuel Adams pint glass.


With a name like Dark Depths, I was picturing a very, very bitter IPA, but fortunately, I was wrong. Dark Depths is just as its described... pretty mysterious. The first thing you notice is the color -- about as dark brown as the bottle it's poured from. The smell is a malty, bready, hoppy aroma that isn't overpowering. The mouth feel is medium/heavy, and the taste is absolutely phenomenal. There is a slight bitterness, but it's a bitterness that's perfect for my liking -- it's right about at my bitter limit.

This is the first IPA out of the Hop-ology pack (After Whitewater and Latitude 48) that I would say I'd gladly have again. Rich, dark, deep, 7.60 ABV beer that quite resembles a lager. Fantastic.

Alextricity, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

pentasyllabic, Jul 09, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

nrombes, Jul 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

brokentee, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of fatbatcat
4/5  rDev +8.1%

fatbatcat, Jul 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

RandyBoBandy, Jul 07, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Sazz9, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of sammo
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

sammo, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of bootsandbeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

bootsandbeer, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Dark Depths is a dark redish brown color with good clarity when held to the light. The head is very light brown and has good retention.

Aroma is hoppier than it is roasty but both are there in good measure.

Flavor is more robust than expected with a solid porter-stoutish body and a big dose of citrusy hops.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and balanced.

Overall a good version of the style. Like almost all of Sam Adam's beers: solid.

GilGarp, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of raznug
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a medium brown color and has reddish hues to it similar to a porter; it is topped with ¾” of off white head that likes to hang around well after the pour
Smell: Hops dominate the first part of the aroma and are followed by slight roasted notes that blend in mid whiff.
Taste: This is a tasty beer that is blended well together with the hops and darker malts that make me wish there were more beers like this one out there.
Mouthfeel: It is a bit on the thinner side as one would expect out of an IPA but the flavors hang around very tastefully to make me wanting more.

raznug, Jul 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

tsm2011, Jul 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Bockerdoppel91, Jul 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +8.1%

gbrill, Jul 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

RichD, Jul 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

barongearmu, Jul 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

bumchilly25, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ba Review #182
Served On: 07/01/2012
Glassware: Sam Adams Perfect Pint
Labeled ABV: 7.6%
Date/ Code: -

This 12oz bottle was from the 2012 Sam Adams IPA Hop-Ology mixed 12 pack I picked up at Brewskees of New Oxford, PA.

Look: The color had deep reds and a copper hue around the edges. The head was a 1-finger of lighter tan foam. Carbonation bubbles were naturally forming from the laser etching on the bottom of the Perfect Pint glass. Head lacing formed immediately.

Smell: Sugary grapefruit and a hint of sweet vanilla or creamcicle.

Taste: First off were hops lending a nice floral note. Then roasted malts took over the palate to add a nice earthy middle. The finish was a bitterness an almost burnt brown sugar that really pulled the entire experience together. Aftertaste had the roasted malts returning for a while. Mouth feel indicated a medium body, but was very drinkable.

This was a fantastic brew with complexities that include some of my favorite features from both IPA’s and Porters. This one is probably my favorite offering from the IPA Hop-Ology mixed pack.

CraftBeerTastic, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is dark brown and clear with a towering off white head. nice retention and lacing. The aroma offers malts, pine hops, bread, roast. The flavor is earthy, with a strong showing from pine and lightly toasted sweet malt. A touch of bitterness in the back. Nice balance. I enjoyed this one.

Huhzubendah, Jun 29, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Hopmodium, Jun 28, 2012
Dark Depths from Boston Beer Company (Samuel Adams)
84 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.